James Madison University

2,577 reviews
  1. Harrisonburg, VA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
James Madison University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
Address
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Website

James Madison University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
66%
SAT Range
1050-1230
ACT Range
25-27
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$14,772/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,154/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,063/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,951/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,090/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,334/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.152 responses
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.160 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.160 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,057Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 102 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    42%
  • Partier
    16%
  • Awesome.
    15%
  • Polite
    11%
  • Real
    8%
  • Chill
    6%
  • Driven
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.214 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.246 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 102 responses
Report
  • Friendliest place on Earth
    27%
  • Energetic
    15%
  • Happiest place on Earth
    15%
  • Pride
    14%
  • HUGE FAMILY
    13%
  • Party-town
    8%
  • The Disneyland of Colleges
    7%

After James Madison University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
92%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.110 responses

Reviews

2,577 reviews
  • Excellent
    537
  • Very Good
    1007
  • Average
    826
  • Poor
    139
  • Terrible
    68
James Madison University is often called "the happiest place on Earth," right next to Disney World, of course! It's nestled in a valley, so you have a gorgeous view of the mountains from campus, and the sunsets are phenomenal. Everyone is so friendly and warm, and the school is ranked nationally for the great food. JMU even has a Starbucks truck that goes around campus! Professors want to see you succeed and there' a Student Success Center that offers tutoring, counseling, and many other services devoted to helping students. JMU is Divison I for most sports, except football, in which the Dukes are Divison II. All home football games are preceded by tailgates. Dukes work hard and play hard, so there is a party scene, but there's plenty to do in Downtown Harrisonburg on the weekends as well. Usually only freshmen live in the dorms on campus, however they are available to all students and there are on-campus apartment options. James Madison is an outstanding and well-rounded school.
  • Sophomore
  • 16 days ago
JMU is a great place to be! The FOOD is so good, I cry tears of joy. Not only that, but there are so many memories that are made in the dining halls. Dining services is very active with the student body, something that many colleges don't have. Food is a BIG part of culture in the US, JMU does a fantastic job of honoring that culture and striving to create new traditions at the table. JMU is also the most beautiful college in the US. There is NOTHING like the Blue Ridge Mtns. Location, location, location! The views, the hiking, the rivers, the trains, it's practically indescribable. JMU is a MUST!
  • College Sophomore
  • 7 months ago
FrOG week was one of the greatest experiences of my life! It was so great to see so many upperclassmen coming together to welcome the incoming freshman class and give them advice! Every single person at JMU is friendly, and it's expected that we open doors for one another and pick up trash if we see it. Every single staff member greets you with a smile and a "Hello!" and all the students are welcoming and polite. Strongly recommend this school to EVERYONE!
  • College Freshman
  • 5 months ago